The Argonaut Overall student enrollment at the University of Idaho has increased 3.6 percent compared to last year, according to the UI Fall 2016 Enrollment Report.
A university press release reported that this is the first overall enrollment increase at UI since 2012. The percentages were above some of the estimates made by UI officials prior to the report.
New student enrollment is up by 20 percent, from 3,753 students to 4,503. Continuing student enrollment numbers are down 4.5 percent, from 7,619 to 7,276. Overall, there are 11,780 students enrolled at UI, compared to last year’s 11,372.
The overall totals included transfer, high school, non-degree, graduate, law and WWAMI students.
New students from high school increased 93.6 percent from last year — from 417 to 785. In the press release, UI Provost and Executive Vice President John Wiencek said the rise in enrollment was due to the leadership at the university, as well as the efforts made toward the Direct Admit initiative and Enroll Idaho.
The number of UI students who identify as a member of an ethnic or racially diverse group also increased from 16.2 percent in fall 2015 to 23.2 percent in fall 2016, according to the press release.